New Dean For School Of Health And Behavioral Sciences

York College/CUNY will launch the 2011-2012 academic year with a permanent dean for its School of Health and Behavioral Sciences.

Dr. Lynne W. Clark, an expert in speech-language pathology as well as in gerontology along with Alzheimer’s and other diseases, will join the academic leadership at York from her last position as dean of the School of Professional Studies, Western Connecticut State University (WCSU) in Danbury, where she managed four major academic departments. Prior to that, she served as dean of the School of Health Sciences at CUNY’s Hunter College.

“I thought it was a unique opportunity to use my experience as dean of two urban public universities in health in 21st century reform,” says Dr. Clarke. “York has some cutting-edge programs that could be developed [more] and I think there’s an opportunity for the school to be developed [too].”

Asked what those programs would be, the incoming dean suggested that the Physician Assistant program as well as the generic Nursing program could easily grow into masters programs. She is also a proponent of community partnerships – including those with local middle and high schools, an area in which she boasts an expertise.

“I think external partnerships strengthen the program, the college, the community and the university,” says Clark. “It makes a difference.” 

Dr. Clark who holds the doctorate in Speech Science/Gerontology (from the CUNY Graduate School and Graduate Center) also holds an MS in Speech Pathology/Teacher of Speech and Hearing Handicapped (Columbia University) and her BS in Speech Correction from Elmira College.

In addition to strengthening existing programs at York, the incoming dean has discussed new programs that will fit the 21st century workforce and serve the baby boom generation. She developed the “first two” doctoral-level programs for WCSU (Ed.D. Nurse Educator and Ed.D. Instructional Leadership), with the latter receiving a CT Silver Quality Improvement Innovation Award; and has published and presented extensively in her field.

Dr. Marcia V. Keizs, president of York is delighted with Dr. Clark’s appointment.

 “In the context of our Strategic Plan -- in building the future of York College -- Dr. Clark brings significant skills and experiences vital to that agenda,” said Dr. Keizs, “Dr. Clark will be an integral part of our continued growth as we seek to expand our undergraduate offerings and launch master’s programs in strategic niche areas in the School of Health and Behavioral Sciences. She has done this on the baccalaureate, masters and doctoral levels at her last institution and I am delighted that she has accepted our offer. Her presence will be energizing.” 

At WCSU Dr. Clark also developed five Master’s degree programs in diverse subject areas as well as three BS Health Promotion programs in Community Health, Wellness Management, and Holistic Health. Additionally, she has secured numerous new faculty lines; new department facilities for Social Work and other programs; high tech clinical nursing labs and obtained national accreditation/re-accreditation numerous disciplines while enhancing retention/graduation rates and state board performance significantly.

“It’s our healthcare, we have to do it better and differently,” she says. “I think the baby boomers want better programs [for their care as they age].” 

It all bodes well with Dr. Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. 

“Dean Clark brings to us, significant experience with program development, accreditation management, grants, and faculty development,” said Dr. Griffith. “The next major programmatic thrust for us would need to be in graduate programs, not only in the health sciences, but in Accounting, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Social Work. I look forward to her leadership in innovating and managing change, and dealing with the challenges that come with such in times of resource scarcity. As such, high on my agenda for her--as it is for the other new dean--will be fund-raising and friend-raising, both in relation to grants and contracts and philanthropy.” 

The Provost also had kind words for the out-going acting dean. 

“I also want to thank Dr. Fusco for her outstanding service in helping to establish the School of Health and Behavioral Sciences,” he says. “We look forward to her continued service to the college when she resumes her duties as a tenured professor in the Department of Teacher Education. In the meantime, we wish her a restorative sabbatical”

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